Clear Lake Fish Eaters

The Clear Lake Fish Eaters were a minor league baseball team based in Clear Lake, Iowa. Clear Lake teams played as members of the Independent level Iowa State League in 1912 and the Class D level Central Association in 1917, with the 1917 team playing a brief season as the "Rabbits.". Both teams hosted home minor league games at the Clear Lake City Ball Park.

Clear Lake Fish Eaters
Minor league affiliations
ClassIndependent (1912)
Class D (1917)
LeagueIowa State League (1912)
Central Association (1917)
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles (0)None
Team data
NameClear Lake Fish Eaters (1912)
Clear Lake Rabbits (1917)
BallparkClear Lake City Ball Park (1912, 1917)


Clear Lake, Iowa first began minor league baseball play in 1912, when the Clear Lake Fish Eaters became members of the 1912 Iowa State League. The league had reformed as a five–team Independent League, playing a split–schedule. The Emmetsburg, Estherville, the Fort Dodge Boosters, and Mason City Cementmakers teams joined Clear Lake in beginning league play on may 23, 1912.[1] The Fish Eaters finished the with a record of 11–24 in the first–half standings, playing under managers Dick Wells and M. Bacon. Clear Lake played two games in the second–half before the franchise folded on July 12, 1914. The Iowa State League folded permanently after the 1914 season.[2][1]

In 1917, Clear Lake resumed minor league play during the season. The Clear Lake Rabbits became members of the Class D level Central Association.[3][4] On July 24, 1917, the Central Association member Cedar Rapids Rabbits moved to Clear Lake with a 38–48 record. Based in Clear Lake the team compiled a 1–4 record in finishing the remainder of the season. The Cedar Rapids/Clear Lake team ended the season with an overall record of 39–52. The Rabbits placed 4th in the Central Association standings, playing the season under managers Bill Collins, Doc Andrews and Doc Shanley.[5][6]

The Central Association folded after the 1917 season.[5] Clear Lake, Iowa has not hosted another minor league team.[7]

The ballparkEdit

Both Clear Lake teams played at Clear Lake City Ball Park. The ballpark was located within the City Park, located on the lakefront and near downtown. City Park is still in use today as a public park. The address of the ballpark was 1st Avenue North & North 3rd Street, Clear Lake, Iowa.[8][9]

(2010) Clear Lake Waterfront. Clear Lake, Iowa


Year(s) # Yrs. Team Level League Ballpark
1912 1 Clear Lake Fish Eaters Independent Iowa State League Clear Lake City Ball Park
1917 1 Clear Lake Rabbits Class D Central Association

Year-by-year recordsEdit

Year Record Finish Manager Notes
1912 11–24 NA Dick Wells / M. Bacon Clear Lake disbanded July 14
1917 39–52 4th Warren Collins /
Doc Andrews / Harry Shanley
Cedar Rapids (38–48)
moved to Clear Lake July 27

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

Clear Lake Rabbits players


  1. ^ a b "1912 Iowa State League (ISL) Minor League Baseball on".
  2. ^ "1912 Clear Lake Fish Eaters Roster on".
  3. ^ "1917 Central Association".
  4. ^ "1917 Cedar Rapids/Clear Lake Rabbits Statistics".
  5. ^ a b The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, editors (Third ed.). Baseball America. 2007. ISBN 978-1932391176.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "1917 Cedar Rapids/Clear Lake Rabbits Roster on".
  7. ^ "Clear Lake, Iowa sports teams on".
  8. ^ "Clear Lake City Ball Park in Clear Lake, IA history and teams on".
  9. ^ "City Park – Clear Lake Iowa".

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